Press Release: September 2005 Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of September at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further general public information, call the Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs at (212) 817-8215.  For press queries please see above contact information.

Wednesday, September 7

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive inside the Twin Towers
(book talk & multi-media presentation) 6:30 pm

New York Times writers Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn discuss their book, 102 Minutes, which documents the struggle for survival within the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Their riveting account uses interviews, emails, and phone and radio transcripts to reconstruct the challenges people faced before the towers fell on that morning. It has been hailed as a "masterpiece of reporting" (Kevin Baker, The New York Times). Presented in partnership with the Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY. $10; $5 students & seniors

Friday, September 9

Ten Principles for Successful Development Around Transit
(presentation) 9 am - 12 pm

What does it take to design smart development and transportation systems that work together? The principles presented here--by Robert Dunphy, senior resident fellow for transportation, Urban Land Institute--will be useful to communities, designers, and developers as well as transit agencies and others engaged in new transit projects. Free

Monday, September 12

Khamaseen by Tom Coash
A Play Reading 6:30-8 pm

Set in post-9/11 Cairo, Khamaseen explores a culture-shocked, young, expatriate American woman's triumph over psychological dislocation, fear of terrorists, and an abusive marriage. Although dealing with serious subjects, the play is alive with belly-dancing, music, and shot through with jokes about language and cultural miscommunication. Presented by NIBRAS, the Arab American Theatre Collective; produced in partnership with the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. For information, please call (212) 817-7570 or email Free

Tuesday, September 13

100th Anniversary of the Wobblies
(celebration) 6:30 pmThe 100th annivers

ary of the Industrial Workers of the World will be celebrated by artists, historians, musicians, and today's Wobbly activists. The event features performances, talks, and a slide show commemorating the Wobblies' role in labor history. Speakers include Daniel Gross, Starbucks Workers Union; Paul Buhle, senior lecturer, Brown University; Henry Foner, labor activist, musician, historian; John Pietaro, protest singer, labor organizer, writer; Peter Kuper, artist; Nicole Schulman, artist, activist; Sabrina Jones, illustrator; Seth Tobocman, comic book artist. Free

Adventures of a Continental Drifter: An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food--Elliott Hester
(book talk) 7-9 pm

Bestselling author Elliott Hester sold off all his possessions in 2002 and has been traveling the world ever since. With no set itinerary and no place to call home, he has drifted from country to country, continent to continent, partaking in cultural escapades and adventures in the world's most intriguing destinations. He discusses his hilarious new book, which records his experience. Of special interest to the African-American traveler. $10; $5 students & seniors

The Battle over Confidential Sources
Floyd Abrams, Bill Keller, Norman Pearlstine, & Stephen Shepard (panel discussion) 6 pm

This thought-provoking panel discussion will shed light on one of the most important First Amendment issues. Panelists include Bill Keller, executive editor, The New York Times; Floyd Abrams, media lawyer; Norman Pearlstine, editor-in-chief, Time Inc.; Stephen Shepard (moderator), dean, Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY; other panelists to be announced. Presented in partnership with the Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY. $20; $10 students

Thursday, September 15

The American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre Seminar
(discussion) 11:45 am

For 30 years, the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, has gathered the top professionals in the New York theatre scene--actors, directors, producers, authors, choreographers, and designers--to participate in its ongoing series of lively panel discussions on the art and business of theatre, an expansive and entertaining look into the creative process of theatre. Seminars will be broadcast on CUNY-TV. To be admitted, arrive by 11:45am. $10

Friday, September 16

Strange Times, My Dear: The PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature--Nahid Mozaffari
(book talk) 6:30-8:30 pm

Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, English speaking readers have been exposed to an overwhelming amount of political, and mainly negative, exposure to Iranian culture. Meanwhile, within Iran, a cultural renewal has taken place in the arts; however, Iranian literature has not been widely available in translation. This PEN anthology, edited by Nahid Mozaffari (who will give a talk and sign books), is an attempt to fill this gap by presenting a sample of the best poems, short stories, and novel excerpts written in the last 25 years. Presented in partnership with the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. For information, please call (212) 817-7570 or email Free

Monday, September 19

From Tradition to Modernity: Jewish-Liturgical Music in the Western Diaspora
(seminar) 6-7:30 pm

This three-part interdisciplinary seminar will provide a basic understanding of the concept of music within Jewish diasporic culture using lectures, discussions, and audio-visual examples to trace the history and development of Jewish-liturgical music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Taught by musicologist, organist, and author Tina Fruehauf. Presented in partnership with the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and the Center for Jewish Studies. (Also October 3 & October 17; sign up for the series or for individual sessions.) $20; $55 series

The Golden Age
(performance) 6:30 pm

In this multimedia presentation, actor Eusebio Lazaro will present excerpts from Spanish texts and poems from the Spanish Baroque to the modern era, including the work of Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Jorge Guillen. In Spanish, with an English synopsis. Free

Achieving While Black: Diversity in Corporate America
A Discussion with Dr. Price Cobbs, Kevin Liles, and Cora Daniels

(panel discussion) 7-9 pm

Three authors discuss how African Americans achieve success in business and corporate America: Dr. Price Cobbs's, psychiatrist and author of My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement; Kevin Liles, executive vice president of Warner Music Group and author, Make It Happen: The Hip Hop Generation Guide to Success; and Cora Daniels, staff writer at Fortune Magazine and author of the new book, Black Power Inc., which explores the emergence of a new Black elite that sees business and economics, not politics, as the true base of American power. $10; $5 students & seniors

A.E. & the American Farmer Lecture Tour -- Declan Foley
(lecture) 7 pm

A.E. (George William Russell, 1867-1935), "The Socrates of Dublin," was a lifelong "friend and enemy" to W. B. Yeats and his contemporary in many projects of the great renaissance of Irish nationhood. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the death of this internationally renowned philosopher, poet, painter, and playwright. Declan Foley, who is founder of the Australian Yeats society, will give a talk on A.E.'s lasting, though often overlooked, contributions. Free

Tuesday, September 20

Istvan Farkas (1887-1944): Hungarian Modernist
(art exhibition) Tuesdays--Thursdays, 12-6 pm

The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center will present the first full scale retrospective to be shown in the United States of the work of Istvan Farkas (1887-1944). A modernist who was a prominent Ecole de Paris painter between the two world wars, Farkas returned to his native Hungary where his mysterious works ultimately presaged his own death at Auschwitz. Encompassing an extraordinary group of 50 paintings, watercolors, and drawings, the exhibition will be presented September 20 through November 5, 2005. The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 6 pm. Free

The Graduate Center Doors Opened Wide
Tours and Library Lectures 2 pm

Here is an opportunity to visit The Graduate Center and its beautifully restored Mina Rees Library, housed in the former B. Altman building, a New York City landmark, at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. The Graduate Center and the library have been restored with features from the original building, including its majestic staircase, original elevator, and marble water fountains. The library is home to numerous special collections, including the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library and the Eighteenth Century Reading Room. Explore the library's resources and collections through this tour and lecture series. (Also Thursday, September 29 at 5:15 pm) Free

Wednesday, September 21

Moving beyond Inherited Hatred Reflecting on a Post-Holocaust Dialogue in Austria
(lecture) 6:15 pm

This lecture will examine the struggles an American educator encounters when raising questions of history and moral responsibility in an Austrian classroom. Professor of English and Urban Education Sondra Perl discusses how her students--all descendants of Nazis--broke lifelong silences and, together with their teacher, discover the power of dialogue to transform inherited hatred. Perl is author of On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hate. Free

Preserving Irish America: The Holdings of the John J. Burns Library
(lecture) 7 pm

Robert O'Neill, director of the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College, gives a talk about the library that is one of the most popular locations in North America among Irish Studies scholars. Its holdings include the largest, most comprehensive collection of Irish research materials on the continent. Some highlights include the English language works of William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett and the Irish language works of Flann O'Brien and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. O'Neill is the author of A Visitors' Guide to Irish Libraries, Archives, Museums and Genealogical Centres. Free

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning--Jonathan Mahler
(book talk) 6:30 pm

In his book Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning, Jonathan Mahler presents an "ambitiously conceived" and "marvelously told" (The New York Times) history of New York City in 1977. Among the events that convulsed the city during that wild year were the seemingly endless hunt for the serial murderer "Son of Sam"; the city-wide blackout that led to devastating arson and looting; the opening of Studio 54 and the disco craze; a bitter mayoral derby; and the Yankees' first World Series victory in 15 years. Join the author for a fascinating talk on a slice of New York history, followed by a book signing. Free

A Conversation with Eli Wallach
The Good, The Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage (book talk) 7-9 pm

An evening of personal stories from one of our most beloved character actors, best known for his roles in Tennessee Williams's Baby Doll; Arthur Miller's The Misfits; John Sturges's The Magnificent Seven; Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part III. Wallach speaks on the occasion of the publication of his memoir--a witty, straightforward account of his life, from a Brooklyn childhood, through his Actors Studio days with Brando and others, and on to his long and illustrious career on both stage and screen. $15; $10 seniors & students

Thursday, September 22

Crocheting Hyperbolic Plane
A Talk by Daina Taimina and David Henderson (lecture) 5 pm & 7 pm

What is the opposite of a sphere? The answer is a hyperbolic surface. Mathematicians Daina Tamina and David Henderson (Cornell University) will explain the concept and share their exciting discovery that crocheting is an excellent means of modeling and understanding hyperbolic surfaces, and for exploring the ruffles of lettuce leaves and sea slugs, exponential growth, and potential shapes of the physical universe. Part of the Science & the Arts series. $5

Saturday, September 24

Great Music for a Great City
Opening Concert: In Search of Mozart (concert) 7:30 pm

This concert kicks off a season-long program, Celebrating Mozart's 250th Birthday. The fourth season of Great Music for a Great City--the acclaimed concert series that brings free performances by world-class musicians to New York audiences--celebrates the mystery and majesty of Mozart's genius, on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth. The Opening Concert, In Search of Mozart, features the Blaue Quartet of Amsterdam and Caroline Stoessinger, piano; the evening's program includes Mozart's Quartet for Strings, Quintet for Strings, Arias for Strings and Continuo, and Quartet in G Minor for Piano and Strings. Free

Tuesday, September 27

Celebrating Brazilian Playwright Nelson Rodrigues
(symposium & celebration)>2-5:30 pm symposium; 6:30 pm celebration

Considered the most important and controversial Brazilian playwright, Nelson Rodrigues's frequently censored work has been compared to the plays of Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, and Harold Pinter. His best-known plays include The Wedding Gown (1943) and Toda Nudez sera Castigada (All Nudity Shall Be Punished, 1965). With Luiz Arthur Nunes (Brazil). Part of the New York Rodrigues Festival; supported by the Brazilian Consulate. Free

Capital City: New York City and the Men behind America's Rise to Economic Dominance, 1860-1900
(book talk) 6 pm

New York is the nation's financial capital. But why New York and not Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, or any other eastern city? Professor Thomas Kessner's Capital City: New York City and the Men behind America's Rise to Economic Dominance, 1860-1900 explains how an undistinguished port city rose to become the center of finance in the United States and the world. Kessner discusses his account of how Morgan, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and their equally colorful colleagues helped transform New York and change the nation in the process. Free

Wednesday, September 28

The Public Square: The Politics of the Veil--Joan Wallach Scott
(lecture) 6:30-8 pm

In 2003, the French government passed a law that prohibits Muslim girls who wear head scarves from attending public schools. The debate about the law raised questions that are now being addressed in many Western European countries. In an illuminating and provocative talk, Professor Scott will suggest that the stark oppositions that framed the debate--public versus private, secular versus religious, women's emancipation versus their subordination--are insufficient for understanding and resolving the difficulties that the integration of Muslims poses for French society. Joan Wallach Scott is Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and author of Gender and the Politics of History. The lecture is part of "The Public Square," a year-long series showcasing public intellectuals engaged in national debates about social justice issues. Presented in partnership with the Ph.D. Program in Political Science, the Center for the Humanities, and Princeton University Press. Free

Thursday, September 29

Prelude '05: At the Forefront of Contemporary NYC Theatre
(also September 30 & October 1)

Prelude '05 is a mini-festival and symposium celebrating the very best new and unconventional theatre being made by NYC-based theatre artists and companies. The weekend will feature 18 short performances, readings, and process workshops, with a focus on works in progress for the upcoming 2005-2006 season, including work by Big Dance Theatre, Big Art Group, Builders Association, Erin Courtney, Lisa D'Amour, Division 13, John Jesurun, Madelyn Kent, Pavol Liska, Joanne P. Adler/Mabou Mines Suite, Richard Maxwell, Jay Scheib, Radiohole, Mac Wellman, New York Theatre Workshop, and P.S. 122. Prelude '05 gives audiences the rare chance to see the work of many of today's most exciting companies in one place, and to experience the developmental processes of companies and artists at the forefront of contemporary NYC theatre. Curated by Sarah Benson and Frank Hentschker; presented in partnership with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. For ticketing, please contact TheaterMania at, (212) 352-3101, or toll free (866) 811-4111; or visit Free

Friday, September 30

The Autism Epidemic: Extreme Motherhood and the Politics of (Dis)ability
(discussion) 6-8 pm

A discussion on the current epidemic of autism by Micki McGee, faculty fellow, Draper Interdisciplinary Studies Program, New York University and Valerie Paradiz, executive director, The School for Autistic Strength, Purpose, and Independence in Education. Presented in partnership with the Ph.D. Program in Sociology. Free

Reflections on the Future
(discussion) 6:30 pm

After the last election, the division between Right and Left no longer describes our political landscape. Independent voting, party de-alignment, and political apathy are widespread. What will the future hold? This event provides a forum for a lively debate. Speakers include: Richard Sennett (London School of Economics), author, Respect in a World of Inequality; Russell Jacoby (UCLA), author, The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in the Age of Apathy; Frank Furedi (University of Kent), author, Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? Confronting 20th Century Philistinism; Brian Lehrer (moderator), host, "The Brian Lehrer Show," WNYC. The speakers' short papers will be posted online in the week preceding the event. Active participation by the audience will be encouraged. A NY Salon event co-sponsored by WNYC. $15; $10 students

Submitted on: SEP 1, 2005

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